Flowering houseplants add a layer of enjoyment, bringing color, and maybe even scent into your decor. While they may seem fancy, some can survive with only basic attention. Try brightening up the home with these eight flowering houseplants that will thrive with minimal care.
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African Violet (Saintpaulia)
African violets are one of the most popular houseplants for good reason. They are favorites because they do not require a dormant rest period, so they can keep blooming year-round. There are varieties with flowers in shades of purple, white, and red.
Although it does not require a lot of maintenance, it does best in a container with a water reservoir that allows the water to seep into the soil from the bottom of the container. African violet leaves will spot and turn brown if cold water gets on it. While African violets are not demanding plants, it can have the habit of flourishing for years and then dying without warning.
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If you are used to growing begonias outdoors, then you know that many varieties make excellent houseplants, blooming almost continuously in good conditions. To bloom well it will need a bright location, but do not place it too close to a window or it could be harmed by the draft.
Some of the fancier-leaved Rex begonia varieties do not even need to be in bloom to be colorful. Besides Rex begonias, look for the fibrous-rooted types like wax-leafed, angel-wing, and hairy-leafed varieties.
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These quirky-looking plants are members of the pineapple family. Luckily, most do not get quite a large as pineapple trees, so they make excellent potted houseplants.
Cheery and tropical, bromeliads do well in bright light situations. They do not require a lot of water, but when they are watered well, let the water catch between the leaves, where it will be absorbed slowly.
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Chenille Plant (Acalypha hispida)
Both chenille and red-hot cattail are apt descriptions for this tropical plant. Few people can resist rubbing the dangling fuzzy, red flowers. The chenille plant is a fast grower and a long bloomer.
Chenille plant can be grown outdoors during the summer and brought indoors when the temperatures cool in fall. It will go partially dormant in winter, so do not feed it until there is new growth in the spring. Chenille plant needs high humidity to thrive. Mist it when it is indoors to keep it healthy.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi)
Christmas cactus seems to thrive on neglect. It does not even need you to manipulate its light exposure to set buds for Christmas blooms. It is especially long-lived and propagates easily from cuttings.
It likes bright, direct light and does well when hung near a window. Do not let the pads touch a cold window or the plant can suffer cold damage. Although Christmas cactus needs well-draining soil, it also needs high humidity. Mist it frequently throughout the winter.
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Clivia or Kaffir Lily (Clivia Miniata)
This amaryllis relative is grown from a bulb and, like its cousin, needs to be pot bound to flower, so do not plant it in a large container. Like the amaryllis, clivia goes through a dormant period before sending up a flower stalk. It will need total darkness at night when it goes dormant in late fall. Accomplish this by placing it in an unused closet or in a cardboard box. The stalk will sprout anytime from December through April, and then, normal care can be resumed. Flowers are usually some shade of yellow or orange.
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Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)
Many succulents make easy-care houseplants, but few look as lovely as kalanchoe. As with all succulents, kalanchoe does not like to sit in wet soil. Water it whenever the soil feels dry about 1 inch below the surface, and let any excess water drain. Mist it frequently to keep the leaves succulent.
A downside to growing kalanchoe is that it is usually sold while in flower, and outside of its native range, it can be very hard to get it to flower again. By the way, the preferred pronunciation is kal-un-KOH-ee, but they look beautiful no matter how you say it.
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Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum floribundum)
The peace lily is so low-maintenance that it is a great houseplant for the houseplant challenged. That is probably why it is so popular as a housewarming gift. It does not require much direct light and can handle an occasional over or under-watering.
The glossy, dark green leaves are offset by white spathes or bracts that enclosing the tiny flower clusters and look almost like variegated leaves. The flowers are lightly scented, but close proximity is required to notice it. It will even flower in the shadiest of homes.